Do you have any empty glass bowls hanging around your house? Or do you ever see those big empty glass bowls at a store and stop to wonder what you can do with those bowls or what their real purpose is? They actually can be used to fulfill multiple purposes. One of our favorites is to serve as decoration.
With the right added elements, that glass bowl can instantly turn into a beautiful centerpiece or majestic terrarium. You can add anything from flowers to moss to sand to plastic miniature toys. Check out some of the DIY projects below to get your creative juices flowing.
#1. Coffee Time
Don’t throw away that old french press or tea kettle! Instead keep it and transform it into a unique terrarium by layering rocks, dirt, and greenery inside it.
#2. Tight Fit
Very similar to building a ship in a bottle, but with plants! It’s definitely not as difficult. All you need to do is drop your air plant into a small jar.
#3. Paleontology Class
A terrarium with mini dinosaurs? This is genius. Turn your terrarium into a miniature Jurassic Park with these plastic figurines.
#4. Flower Arrangement Ideas
Flowers are so beautiful, they look great in practically anything you put them in! Especially if it’s on display like in these glass bowls.
#5. Flamingo Terrarium
Even something as simple as two flamingos will look fabulous in this little manmade world. Add airplants into the background for extra flair.
#6. Beach Theme
Make beach themed candle holders by adding sand and seashells to it! Best part about these items is that you can get them for free at the beach!
#7. Cactus With Toy Car
If you have a bunch of miniature toys laying around, use some of them for your terrarium. Look at what big difference this little car made.
#8. Bioattic Terrarium
Bioattic terrariums are typically beautiful mini landscapes. With so much nature within a confined space, the terrarium would instantly add life to any room!
#9. Star Wars Terrarium
Transform any terrarium into a Star Wars scene with the right plastic figurines. For example, this Ewok is the perfect addition to this mini forest!
#10. Terrarium Lamp
Blend a terrarium with a lamp and you’ll end up with a bright masterpiece. And you’ll realize after you’re done, that making it was well worth it.
#11. Colored Sand Terrarium
This one’s mostly sand with a few air plants. But the sand is in various layers of multiple colors! It’s a fun project that anyone could do.
#12. DIY Light Bulb Terrarium
Light bulbs are also a very unique base that can be used. These ones will add sunshine to your most cramped spaces.
#13. Forest Creature Terrarium
This is a great piece for kids who love story time. Add figurines of forest creatures and lots of moss!
#14. Terrarium Table
Turn an entire side table into a terrarium! All it takes is six sheets of plexiglass and a wooden base. Imagine how great this would look in a living room.
#15. Mini Waterfall
Give your terrarium some added scenery by incorporating a mini waterfall, pond, or river. It’s that little feature that brings the terrarium to life.
#16. Hobbit Habitat
If you’re a big fan of Lord of the Rings, then you’ll love this hobbit themed terrarium! It really looks like there’s a hobbit living inside of there.
#17. Glowing Glass Centerpiece
These empty glass bowls are also great to turn into glowing centerpieces. All you need are a few pretty stones and a candle to go into the middle of it all.
#18. Margarita Glass Cactus Garden
It’s five o’clock somewhere, right? If you’ve got some big margarita glasses hanging around that you don’t use, fill them with succulents of your choice!
#19. Repurposed Candy Jar
Candy jars can be used for more than just candy. It’s the perfect base for another terrarium! Add costume jewelry or pearls for a sweet dresser look.
#20. Coastal Succulent
These succulents would be perfect for any nautical-themed party. Combine these costal succulents with some beach sand and tiny seashells.
#21. Hanging Terrarium
Hand your terrarium from a ceiling for this cute look. It also helps if the terrarium has a monotone arrangement all with the same palette. It just flows better!
#22. Tree House
Have you always wanted a tree house but never could get one? Now you can create your own mini one. You won’t get to hang out in it, but it’ll look just as cool.
#23. Water Garden
Water garden terrariums are great for tabletop displays! And they’ll last longer than you think with the proper love and care.
#24. Into the Wild
To recreate this woodsy look, mix lots of moss with delicate ferns along with a big statement piece. The statement piece could be a skull or even driftwood.
#25. Pass The Salt
Use your herbs and spices to create this cute little piece. Add some dirt, sand, and pebbles and you’ll be done in no time.
Bonus: Creative Wine Bottle Projects
Add a little bit of lace to the bottom of your bottle and some decorative dripping paint to create unique centerpieces.
Decoupage broken up pieces of a map onto a bottle to create a great gift for a friend who loves to travel.
You can also use your favorite sheets of music or anything that may have some special meaning.
If you’ve got quite a few of those empty bottles, try creating a bookshelf out of them by placing a plank of wood between each set of bottles.
Recreate these gorgeous illuminating bottles simply by adding a cheap string of lights into the bottle.
Get LED lights so that they won’t heat up!
Use wine bottles as an alternative to table legs!
And then use the necks that come up on top of the table as vases and/or candle holders. So beautiful.
Etch your favorite quote or song lyric onto a bottle and turn it into an extravagant wine bottle candle by putting a big candle on top.
It’ll provided the perfect ambiance for a romantic candlelit dinner.
If you have a Hawaiian themed party coming up, turn those empty bottles into some cool tiki torches that’ll amaze everyone.
It will also help to keep the mosquitos away.
Now this is the project for people who have LOTS of empty wine bottles. Put them all together to create a rustic chandelier!
You can use all of the same bottle to create a more uniform look or you can mix and match different styles.
Cut off just one side of a wine bottle to recreate this stunning planter that can be used for an army of succulents.
Succulents are so easy to grow.
Cut off the bottom of your wine bottles to create kitchen pendants for light.
Wrap them in decorative wire afterwards!
Transform your wine bottles into elegant vases!
Make a trio of them and hang them onto a plank of wood to recreate this look.
Cut off the top part of your bottles to turn them into your own customized tumblers.
Be sure to properly sand down the edges to prevent any potential lip injuries.
Use your wine bottles as jars for small foods like candy (M&Ms, skittles, etc.) or rice.
Add just a stripe of chalkboard paint to create labels to help you organize.
Use a gradient effect on glass bottles to create a cloche bell-like candle piece.
Those look amazing.
If you have a backyard that’s always getting visited by birds, turn one of your bottles into a bird feeder.
Mount this somewhere in your backyard that doesn’t get direct sun to avoid damp bird seed and condensation.
Turn your bottles into a cool lighting fixture on the wall.
Perfect for people who are going for an industrial look.
Instead of using the traditional picture frame, try framing your favorite memories inside a wine bottle.
What a cool idea!
Make a suspended planter out of two empty bottles and solid copper wire to connect the two.
Transform your wine bottle into a self watering planter all with a simple slice.
Use chalkboard paint or chalkboard stickers to label.
Cut your bottles vertically in half to create transparent plates that’ll make any meal look 10x fancier.
Cut off the top of the bottles and transform them into decorative candles.
Use soy wax as your candle base.
Combine your bottles with driftwood to recreate these delicate looking old-school lanterns.
Decorate your wine bottles and then use them as the base to lamps.
Use a neutral lampshade on top and decorate with a bold color on the bottom.
And of course there’s always the option of creating miniature sculptures to go into your empty bottle.
A hobby that requires skill and patience.